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Best Thanksgiving Day Activities In Atlanta

The wonderful American tradition of Thanksgiving has evolved over the years. While tables are still set with all the traditional fixings and trimmings, families are pairing it with unconventional activities. With so many things to do in Atlanta, Thanksgiving offers a wide array of activities for families or friends wanting to get out of the house on Thanksgiving. Here are the best Thanksgiving Day activities in Atlanta.
Atlanta Half Marathon
755 Hank Aaron Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 522-7630

What better way to burn those Thanksgiving calories than to attend a half marathon and 5K? Come rain or shine, this Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K in Atlanta will attract thousands of runners, walkers and highly motivating watchers. The event starts and ends at Turner Field.

Lights Of Life At Life University  
1269 Barclay Circle SE
Marietta, Georgia 30060

Get in the Christmas spirit on Thanksgiving and catch the kick-off of the annual "Lights of Life" on campus at Life University. Introduced in 1989 as a gift to the local community, the Lights of Life events has now grown in popularity in the Southeast, attracting nearly half a million spectators from the surrounding region. If you can't go on Thanksgiving day, don't worry, the event will run all the way through December 31st.

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Catch A Movie At Home Or In The Theater

The movies can be the best option either before or after you eat your Thanksgiving dinner, whether you are watching an old favorite in the comfort of your own home, or catching a new flick at the theater. There are quite a few Oscar contender movies being released during the weekend of Thanksgiving, including The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne , Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe and the prequel to the Rocky film sagas Creed starring Michael B. Jordan.  And if you're in the mood for something different, you'll be sure to be able to find many other titles that you may find more appealing for your Thanksgiving day movie.

Garden Lights At Atlanta Botanical Gardens
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859 

For the past five years, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens has put on an amazing light show throughout their gardens. And this year is promised to be even grander than the previous years. They've added a few new features including the massive Tunnel of Light. Yearly favorites will appear again, such as the Orchestral Orbs and Glittering Galaxy. Tickets went on sale at the beginning of October, and the show continues to run until January 9th, 2016.

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Marlena Turner is an Atlanta native and graduated from Georgia State University. With interests in technology, arts and music for the past three years, she has written articles published on and regarding such topics. In her free time she enjoys video games and movies. Read more on
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